High Park Zoo Honey Match Extended to July 31, 2014

TORONTO July 10, 2014

Friends of High Park Zoo primary annual fundraiser, the Honey Family Foundation Matching Initiative, has been extended until July 31st. This fundraiser doubles all donations made to the Zoo before the end of the match initiative. So far over $30,000 has been donated during the match, which is approximately half way to this year goal of raising $60,000 in donations. If the goal is reached by July 31st, the total contribution made to the Zoo will be 120 thousand dollars, to coincide with the Zoo 120th birthday.

Friends of High Park Zoo is a non-profit organization, and works with volunteers, donors and stakeholders to support and improve the Zoo. This year, donations made to the Honey Match Initiative will help to improve the Llama pen, where Honey the llama calls home. Plans include landscaping, refurbishments, and new additions to the llama pen, providing a better experience for the animals and visitors alike.

Donations may be made online, by mail or at the Zoo donation stations. Donation instructions are located at online at . All donations of $10 or more through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (directed toward High Park Zoo) will receive a tax receipt.

With the generous support of visitors, volunteers, donors and stakeholders, Friends of High Park Zoo was able to save the Zoo from closure when it was removed from the City budget in 2012. Friends of High Park Zoo has received tremendous support in order keep the Zoo open, and now that funding has been restored in the City budget, they are looking towards the future to develop improvements to be enjoyed by all.

High Park Zoo is open from 7am until dusk with free admission. The Zoo is home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep. On weekends and holidays the Llama Pen is open from 11am to 2pm for family activities, allowing visitors to interact directly with the llamas, capybaras and rabbit.